Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weekend Project

I love to move furniture around and Mr. K was very kind to help me with this switch-a-roo.  =) =) =) 

 Hook & Needle Spot

Our bedroom moved to the small second bedroom.  
The office/sewing/knitting room moved to the big bedroom.  

 Personal LYS and Fabric Shop =)

It is Wonderfully-Fabulous!!!  I spend much of my time at home and this room is flooded with sunshine most of the day ... so Cozy and Inviting.  

The Teaching Table

 One day I dream of giving knitting and crochet lessons right here in this room.  
Absolutely free of charge ... I want to pass on the delight of these hobbies to others.  =)


Saturday, October 13, 2012

I started baking our daily bread once again.  

It's something I've done off and on for years, but I've never been satisfied with the texture and crust.  

Until know.  I tried something on a whim and it worked better then I expected.  I will never-ever go back to store bought bread.  =)

Look at that HUGE rise!

I mix and knead the bread in the bread machine (Dough Cycle), pop it in the refrigerator to rise over night, and then bake it in the morning.  That is it ... So.Incredibly.Simple.

Whole Grain Sandwich Bread
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon milk 
2 tablespoons oil (I use coconut oil)
4 tablespoons honey (or brown sugar)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups unbleached bread flour
1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
2 teaspoons yeast

Mix and knead on Dough Cycle (usually takes 2 hours and includes 1 rise).
Turn out onto lightly floured surface and shape into oblong loaf.
Grease loaf pan, plop in dough, and turn dough to grease all sides.
Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator to rise overnight.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Bake 30 minutes or until bottom of loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
Turn out of pan immediately and cool on wire rack.

Two little things ... 

I like to smear the top of the bread with butter as soon as I take it out of the oven.  
This helps keep the crust soft.  

I absolutely LOVE my bread pans!!!  They make all the difference and I'm so glad my sister suggested I buy them.  They are made by Norpro and you can get them on Amazon.  Or at an Amish Store, like I did.  =)

Happy Baking!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Winter Scrap Quilt Progress Report

The top is Done and I.Love.It.  =)
I made it bigger then I first planned.
Now it will fit perfectly on the back of my Ektorp loveseat.

Next up:
Quilt (or Tie?)

Saturday, January 07, 2012

A Saturday of Simple Patchwork

I started piecing the blocks for a new Quilt this week and continued working on them today.  

It was such a lovely morning ... the purr of my sewing machine, Abigail's chatter while she pressed my seams (am I a lucky mama!), and Pandora in the background.

I am SOOOOOO enjoying my new cutting table (thank you Ikea!!!) and working from my stash.  =) 

2011 was the Year of Crochet.  Maybe 2012 will be the Year of Quilt-Making?!

Friday, January 06, 2012

Stress-Free Blogging ...

(or why I've been AWOL from Blog Land for the past two months!)

I did a yarn dyeing class in my hometown of Hudsonville, MI in November.

That lead to two (maybe THREE) classes in January and February .. =) =) =)

And ...
My very first Yarnie Party at Painted Trillium Yarns !!!!!
It is next Friday night from 7-11pm.

I've been dyeing yarn ... lots AND lots of yarn.
This is just one of FIVE tubs. 
Last count was 160 skeins ... I need to do another 40-50 tomorrow and Monday.

This re-blooming/re-birth of my yarn dyeing business took my by surprise but it's been lots of fun.  
I decided that a new name, new colorways and new labels were a must.

So the stress-free part of this post is that I've decided to do photo-only blog for 2012.
Ok, fine!  Maybe a "few" words.  =)

Happy 2012 to all my Dear Readers ... Love ya!



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